Recruitment

What mattered most to corporate recruiters in 2018?

Chances are if you’re a recruiter you’ve spent the last year trying to keep up to date with the latest topics, trends and technology in the recruitment sphere. At Mystery Applicant, we’ve got our hands dirty and sifted through thousands … Read More

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Is your talent engagement strategy working for you or against you?

Candidate Experience is at the heart of an employer’s reputation and there is a direct correlation between the experience applicants receive and their propensity to advocate for an employer. Positive experiences create brand ambassadors, willing to recommend and refer an … Read More

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AI is coming – will it help or hinder the candidate experience?

AI is advancing at a startling pace and the lines between the real and technical world are blurring. As we drive towards the Fourth Industrial revolution there’s a very real fear that human job security could be compromised. Undeniably, AI … Read More

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The Top 5 things we can learn from outstanding Customer Experience

Recruitment is becoming more competitive and complex.  Tight labour markets, with low unemployment rates and increasing skill shortages, restrict supply, whilst candidates are becoming ever more savvy. Candidates are behaving far more like consumers, utilising their ability to identify the … Read More

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300,000+ comments and some very clear messages

For the past six months I have been working for Mystery Applicant. My role focused on the review of candidate feedback to train and develop their Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool; so that it may accurately predict the themes and sentiment of … Read More

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How Candidate Experience Can Measure Brand Impact

This is the second blog in the series I’m writing in association with Mystery Applicant on candidate experience measurement. You can find the first blog here. Despite many recent attempts to simplify it, employer branding is becoming a complex topic … Read More

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Candidate Experience – why presume, when you could just ask?

A guest post from Steve Othen Head of Strategic Projects at The REC.     A lot has been written, including by me, about how important it is to measure candidate experience. So I thought I change it up and focus … Read More

4 Reasons Why Employers Should Measure Their Candidate Experience

A recent Linkedin survey of 20k professionals, who had recently applied for a job, found that 92.5% expected to hear something back from the company they had applied to even if it was just a rejection. In reality only 34% … Read More

What does Candidate Experience really mean?

Picture the scene. It is  another conference/seminar/round table/unconference where a bunch of recruiters are sat around debating the latest topics of the day. The subject of candidate experience comes up and generally everyone nods appreciably that this is an important … Read More

Defining the Role of Candidate Experience Measurement

The continuing change, evolution and approach towards analytics technology, social interaction and the global economy have significantly changed the face of recruitment over the last ten years. The current recruiting climate reflects this through high candidate volumes, critical skills shortages, … Read More

Recruiters: Keeping candidates warm…

Whenever recruitment is discussed attraction and retention is often the key focus but what happens in between? What do companies do to keep applicants engaged throughout the recruitment process and, crucially, what do they do at the offer stage? Experienced … Read More

5 ways candidate experience feedback will improve your recruitment process

Gathering feedback from candidates not only ensures that you know why your recruitment strategy is successfully driving skilled talent through the company door, it also provides powerful insights into the impact this process has on key candidate perceptions, motivators and … Read More

The Recruiting Process – It’s marketing’s prime time…

Recruitment marketing comes in all shapes and sizes, but what does it really say to candidates when an organisation goes the extra mile? Examples of this can be seen in the following job advertisements. As you look through them consider … Read More

Candidates are customers too… How do you treat yours?

The candidate experience is the chameleon of the business world – whether you notice it or not, it is influential in every aspect of a company’s performance and growth. To ignore it is to disregard an essential building block in … Read More

The Unemployable Graduate: And the great skills gap… [Part 3]

“Without a remedy for this mismatch of demand and supply, we forecast that by 2020 there will be a global shortfall of 85m high and middle skills workers for the labour market.” This worrying statistic came from The Economist in … Read More

The Recruiting Innovation Summit 2013

“We’ve looked in every nook and cranny of the recruiting ecosystem to find innovations – new technologies, processes, products, or business models – with the potential to revolutionize recruiting as we know it.” Recruiting Innovation Summit, 2013 ‘Too new to … Read More

A Good Candidate Experience: “There’s really no excuse not to…”

The latest meeting of the Talent Forum discussed the question ‘Does your brand help or hinder your talent strategy?’ Speakers from international employers such as Imperial Tobacco and fashion brand Superdry shared their insight in Bristol on April 30th – discussing the … Read More

Mobile Recruiting: It’s not just about the technology…

Since February 2010, the number of job-seekers with smartphones has risen from 43% to 76% – almost doubling in two years. Whilst this is not necessarily surprising considering the current surge in technology for smartphones, what are the implications of … Read More

Recruitment and Talent Management: It’s the people connection

No matter what your line of business, it’s the people that count. Human capital is a valuable commodity, not to be traded as an object but treated as a precious item – it’s not a business overhead but an asset. … Read More

The Recruitment Process: As candidates jump further so must recruiters…

According to research by the specialist recruiter Randstad, over the last five years the interviewing landscape has changed considerably. Due to the current climate, organisations have become more selective and vigorous in their recruitment strategies increasing the time spent on … Read More

Interview questions: And robotic answers…

Question:      Why should we pick you…          Describe how you overcame a difficult work situation…      How would your friends describe you in three words… These are all standard interview questions. They’re expected, deliberated … Read More

HR Technology: Friend or Foe?

Unsurprisingly, over the past few decades almost every aspect of our daily lives has been influenced by technological devices. HR has been no exception and there has been an exponential increase in technology-based solutions in the recruitment and human resources … Read More

Attraction Strategy: Merely an innovation of creativity?

The recent decision by the RAD Awards not to shortlist, or appoint a winner due to the quality of the entrants for their candidate experience category raises some interesting questions regarding the candidate experience and its perceived place within recruitment … Read More

Companies get creative: Three ways to use social media to attract top talent

Due to a global skills shortage, 65% of organisations have experienced problems resourcing in the past year. There has never been a better time for companies to get creative with recruitment and as organisations increasingly invest in social media to … Read More

Candidate Experience – Why embracing your unsuccessful candidates could improve company performance…

Consider these two extracts from emails sent to ‘Clear Channel Communications’ Chief Talent Scout, Morgan Hoogvelt…  “…I’ve been doing this for a while and I’ve never worked with anyone in an HR capacity who took the time to inform, support … Read More